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  • 8 tips to share with employees to ensure a successful open enrollment

    September 18, 2014

    As open enrollment season approaches, benefit managers are moving into high gear as they prepare to answer employee questions and concerns about their 2015 benefits. And as employees take on more responsibility for their health care, it’s more important than ever for them to understand how they can make the most of the programs and benefits their employers are offering.

  • New benefit offers education help to parents of special-needs children

    September 12, 2014

    myEdGPS helps working parents of special needs children map out an education plan for their child and offers guidance on how to access certain services through school systems, leading to tangible savings on health care costs for employers and health plans.

  • Brokers play increased role in private exchange adoption

    September 12, 2014

    A new analysis estimates even more employers will move active employees to private exchanges in part because brokers are taking on a bigger role in pushing them as a solution to rising health care costs.

  • Benefits professional of the year: Heather Vertrees

    September 11, 2014

    Heather Vertrees tunes up benefits at Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Her active role in a specialized wellness program for the company’s factory workers has earned her the Benefits Professional of the Year honor.

  • Restaurant trade association sets course to rebuild employee engagement

    September 10, 2014

    The National Restaurant Association’s Dawn Cacciotti is the recipient of EBN’s 2014 Judges’ Choice Benny Award.

  • 3 steps to take when reviewing fee disclosures

    September 9, 2014

    Commentary: Open enrollment time means employer clients will be reviewing fee disclosures. Columnist John Ludwig discusses several steps plan sponsors should take when reviewing the disclosures for accuracy and to determine if fees are fair and reasonable.

  • Early intervention is key in suicide prevention efforts

    PODCAST | September 9, 2014

    September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Lucy Henry, vice president of stakeholder relations at First Sun EAP, discusses how benefit managers can help employees through the grieving process when they are faced with the death of a co-worker.

  • 3 tips to succeed in a complex business environment

    September 3, 2014

    Commentary: It all starts with a mindset, says EBA Advisory Board member Mark Gaunya. Do you begin each day with a mentality of scarcity or abundance? One is a recipe for failure.

  • Ignore online marketing at your own risk

    August 27, 2014

    Commentary: The marketing efforts of independent brokers are “woefully behind,” says consultant Wendy Keneipp, who shares tips on how to keep up with your employer clients’ changing business practices.

  • Top health data breaches caused by hackers

    August 26, 2014

    The HHS Office for Civil Rights website of large data breaches lists at least 89 major incidents of hacking, which have become much more prevalent during the past two years. Here is a look at some of the largest.

  • 5 social media mistakes that cost you customers every day

    August 13, 2014

    It’s important for benefit agencies and businesses of all kinds to build a social media presence as a means to attract and retain clients. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid with social media and your company.

  • Play or Pay in 2015 — so many requirements, so little time

    August 6, 2014

    Commentary; 2015 is getting close and the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate (“Play or Pay”) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost here. So what does this mean for your organization?

  • As job market grows, employers are beginning to put more emphasis on talent when hiring

    August 5, 2014

    After a booming jobs growth spurt in June, hiring slowed, but still grew overall in July. The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. And with that growth, many employees are becoming just as selective as employers have been in choosing their next career path.

  • Debunking the myths of health assessments with worksite wellness

    July 31, 2014

    Today’s best health assessments leverage sophisticated computer algorithms to identify individual health risk and measure motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Across an employer population, health assessment aggregate data can inform the program choices for employer-based health management efforts. But not all health assessments are created equal. As health assessments gain broader use among not only employers but also health plans and in clinical settings, separating the myths from reality can help potential users focus on their true value. HealthFitness has identified several myths of health assessments and identified the best practices for worksite wellness.

  • Why an employer’s self-evaluation can be key to retaining top talent

    July 29, 2014

    Hiring and fast turnover are on the rise in offices around the world, including in the U.S., and experts say employers need to look at what it is their employees value most if they want to retain their current talent.

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